Winter can cause additional stress to your plumbing system. You can avoid many common plumbing issues by being proactive and following the maintenance tips to protect your system during the winter months.
1. How The Cold Weather Can
Affect Your Plumbing
It's time for
you to prepare for the winter months as we approach the end of the summer in
Illinois. The temperatures will drop soon, so now is the time to prepare your
plumbing system for winter. Ground temperatures can drop dramatically in the
winter, which can cause serious damage to your plumbing systems. Continue
reading to find out how cold water can affect your plumbing system. Also, what
you can do this winter to avoid major plumbing issues.
anything more frustrating than a broken water heater during winter? While your
water heater is able to heat water year-round, winter makes it more difficult.
Your system will experience wear and tear due to increased demand for hot water
in the winter months, and the fact that water is brought to the heater at lower
Water heaters can experience issues or
even complete failure when temperatures drop. This is because they are not
Some of the most common water heater issues during winter include:
Extremely high Nicor bills
Strange sounds from the water heater
Not enough hot water
are one of the most frequent plumbing problems in winter. Frozen pipes can
develop when temperatures fall below freezing. You can see frost on your pipes'
exterior if you notice bad smells coming from your pipes, water not coming out
of the faucets, or a sink that is leaking. Frozen pipes can lead to major
plumbing problems if left untreated.
Water freezes and expands, causing
blockages in your pipes. If a blockage becomes large enough, water can't flow
through the pipes and creates significant pressure. If there is enough pressure
buildup in the pipes, pipes can crack or burst and cause extensive damage to
It is important to not pour grease or
oil down the kitchen sink during winter. Grease and oil can freeze in pipes
that are cold or frozen and cause blockages. You can sometimes fix the problem
by running hot water down the drains. But more often, a professional plumber
will be needed to resolve the problem.
2. Winter Plumbing Tips
There are some
things you can do to reduce your chances of having a plumbing issue this
Weatherproof exposed outdoor
Water in outdoor pipes can freeze if
the temperature drops in Illinois or your area. Water expands when frozen,
which can cause cracks in your pipes. Weatherproofing is a simple solution. Any
pipes that are exposed can be insulated. Insulation can stop pipes from
freezing and prevent cracks from occurring.
Hoses that are attached to outdoor
water fixtures can store water. This water can expand during winter freeze and
crack. Any water that gets caught between the faucet and hose can cause the
faucet to crack or expand. To protect outdoor faucets in winter, make sure you
have faucet jackets. To stop water from flowing to faucets, use the shut-off
Turn on the water
If it is very cold outside, turn on a
few taps to let cold water drip from the faucets. The water won't freeze or
crack your pipes as long as it is flowing. To collect the water, use buckets or
Keep your house warm
Did you know
that heat can keep your home's interior from freezing, preventing your indoor
pipes from freezing? Do not allow indoor temperatures to drop below 55 degrees.
If outside temperatures are extremely cold, open your sink cabinets so that
warm air can circulate around the pipes. This will prevent freezing.
Clear all snow blockages - A buildup
of snow around drainage exits could lead to clogged pipes, which are more
likely to break. This is especially important for the sump pump drainage line.
This prevents water from flooding your crawl space and basement. It is
important to ensure there are no puddles of water that could freeze or block
water flowing from the drains.
3. Conserve Water And Energy
With These Simple Tips
Water is one
of the most important resources humans have. Conserving water can help Illinois
residents save water, and ultimately their pockets. Not only will you save
money on your electricity bills, but it will also have a positive impact on the
environment. Small changes in your home can lead to big savings. Compare
electricity rates for different energy providers to determine what is most
WaterSense-labeled products can not
only save water but also reduce your energy costs. WaterSense-labeled faucet
aerators can be installed in bathrooms for as little as a few dollars and could
save you enough electricity for your entire year.
Water-efficient appliances such as
sinks, showers and washing machines are best. The machine that uses less water
is more efficient.
Keep an eye on your water bills.
Check for leaks or excessive usage if your water bill goes up after a month.
Dishwashers are more efficient than
hand washing, especially when you wash large loads. ENERGY Star dishwashers can save about 1,600 Gallons of water over their
Clean/replace all filters in your
home on regular basis. Dirty filters can cause your system to work hard, use
more natural gas and run longer than usual.
You can reduce energy consumption and
costs by setting your thermostat at 78F in summer, and 68F winter. Energy consumption will rise by 6
to 8 percent for every degree of heating or cooling. Insulation will help
maintain a consistent temperature in your home. using a Smart thermostat is a
Your home is
one of the largest and most important purchases you make. It was often the
result of a long, difficult search that could have taken many months or even
years. When it comes to home maintenance, such as air conditioner repairs or
plumbing maintenance, it is important to hire someone qualified and capable.
Don't let plumbing issues get you down. Contact experts in your area as soon as
you notice any problems with your plumbing system.